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EPCS Blog

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is an far-reaching issue that impacts stakeholders across the healthcare continuum, and it is important to hear various viewpoints to foster a more robust discussion about how to interpret regulations, meet technology requirements and jumpstart an EPCS project. In the EPCS Insights blog, experts from across the industry offer insight into an array of issues pertaining to EPCS, including how it can help meet, Meaningful Use goals, understanding identity proofing requirements and best practices for moving an EPCS project forward. We encourage you to join the discussion by adding your thoughts!


  • September 14, 2015

    Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) delivers a number of benefits. However, in order to enable EPCS, healthcare providers must meet DEA requirements that can be disruptive and cumbersome to implement.

  • Dr. Sean Kelly
    August 17, 2015

    Despite continued efforts at the state and national level to address the issue, opioid addiction has raged on in 2015. Massachusetts is no exception. Just last week, the Boston Globe reported that there were 1,256 opioid-related deaths in the Bay State in 2014, which exceeded estimations from the state’s Department of Public Health released earlier their year.

  • August 3, 2015

    Effective March 27th, 2016, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) Act requires electronic prescribing of all medications, including controlled substances, in the state of New York. There are many requirements for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) and for I-STOP. Prescribers must use e-prescribing software that has been certified and audited, complete an identity proofing process, obtain two-factor authentication for each prescription, in accordance with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations, and register substance e-prescribing software with...

  • August 3, 2015

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are nearly 23,000 deaths caused by overdoses of prescription medications every year. That's more than the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined. States have responded with new legislation, including New York’s I-STOP requirements, which mandate the electronic transmission of all prescriptions, including prescriptions for controlled substances, by March 27, 2016.

  • Jennifer Ryan
    April 28, 2015

    Last week at the HIMSS15 Conference in Chicago, Surescripts sponsored a panel discussion titled Advancing Care with Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS). The group discussed the relatively slow adoption of EPCS among care providers, despite the fact that electronic prescribing of non-controlled substances has been swiftly embraced by prescribers and pharmacists. According to Santosh Kalkar, today in the U.S. about five percent of providers and 71 percent of pharmacies are enabled with EPCS.

  • Chris Smith
    April 13, 2015

    Wireless technology is the future of authentication - a future we're happy to welcome. The promises of DEA-compliant wireless authentication technologies are immense: they will foster simpler, more user-friendly authentication options, streamline clinical workflows, and enhance patient care.

  • Jennifer Ryan
    April 10, 2015

    Technology can be an important tool in the effort by curtailing the diversion of prescription drugs, which kills 16,000 Americans each year, twice as many as die from cocaine and heroin combined.

  • Nick Castellano
    April 3, 2015

    As HIMSS15 gets closer, Imprivata continues to preview the presentations that will take place in our booth (#3848). Customers will share their success stories, lessons learned, and best practices using Imprivata solutions.

  • Anurag Juneja
    March 16, 2015

    Interest in electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) continues to increase as hospitals and health systems across the U.S. look for technology solutions to reduce the risk of altered, stolen or fraudulent prescriptions, improve patient safety and satisfaction, and reduce prescription errors and inaccuracies.

  • Diana Tubera MS MSN BSN RN-BC
    February 11, 2015

    Learn how electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) can benefit chronic pain patients: it's simple, fast, and secure.

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